Research Coordinator – Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

Summary of position

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our dynamic team at the Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health (CEYMH), located at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. Through a combination of innovation in health service delivery and research focused on new interventions, the CEYMH is a hub for transformative change for youth facing a variety of needs – health, social, educational, employment, among others. The Centre focuses not only on research to generate new knowledge, but to directly applying such knowledge in the delivery of youth mental health services and providing training to a new generation of clinicians, researchers, and support workers with expertise by experience.

Research project: With the help of investments from the Molson Foundation, RBC Foundation, and the Mirella and Lino Saputo Family Foundation, we are establishing a longitudinal cohort of help-seeking youth and families-in-need to help predict the onset mental illness and evaluate pathways of care across the spectrum of youth mental health. We seek an energetic and committed individual to work with us in leading this effort.

Work environment: The Research Coordinator will be based at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, a highly specialized and research-intensive teaching institution providing mental health care services to individuals of all ages. It includes the Douglas Research Centre, the second largest mental health research center in Canada. Its vibrant multidisciplinary community of researchers investigate virtually all aspects of mental health, from genes to society. The Douglas forms part of the Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (CIUSSS-West Island), which provides health care services to a population of nearly 375,000 inhabitants (Statistics Canada, 2016).

Description of tasks

  • Assist in multiple ongoing youth mental health-focused research projects at the CEYMH
  • Interact with youth and families regarding recruitment, specimen collection, questionnaire administration, etc.
  • Act as a point of contact for participants who have questions regarding eligibility, registration, and specimen submission.
  • Ensure proper data management and storage
  • Prepare scientific manuscripts and reports and participate in scientific outreach activities (seminars, conferences, etc.), as required
  • Assist the Project Manager on tasks for the organization and planification of the Bloom project
  • Report regularly on work progress to Bloom and CEYMH managers

Required qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a mental health or related field required
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience

Required skills

  • Demonstrated experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Knowledge of research practices and Québec health care settings
  • Familiarity with psychopathology and psychometric assessments
  • Experience coordinating activities for research projects involving human participants
  • Knowledge of biomarker procedures and samples (such as MRI, MEG or blood collection)
  • Knowledge of online tools such as sharepoint, teams, Microsoft office etc.
  • Bilinguism required (French and English)
  • Experience within research labs (dealing with human tissues) will be considered an asset

Required abilities

  • Capacity to work in a multidisciplinary team in a fast-paced, result-oriented environment
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Strong problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Capable of autonomy and taking initiative
  • Leadership skills

Location of work

Douglas Research Centre, T Pavilion (on-site presence required most days).

Work schedule

  • Full-time: 5 days (35 hours) per week
  • 12-month contract, renewable on satisfactory progress
  • As soon as possible


Commensurate with education and experience

Required to travel?

May occasionally need to travel to other CIUSSS-West Island establishments (accessible by public transit).

Instructions for submitting an application

Send your CV and a cover letter to: (Céline Villemus, Project Manager). Please ensure your application package explains how your background meets the listed requirements for the position.

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity. Kindly note that only qualified applicants will be contacted.

The Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons, visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

Contact person

Céline Villemus


Name of immediate supervisor

Céline Villemus, Project Manager

Kristin Davis, CEYMH Operations Manager

Dr. Lena Palaniyappan, Director of the CEYMH

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